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A Social Affair: A Novel

A Social Affair: A Novel

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A Social Affair: A Novel

4.5/5 (10 ratings)
295 pages
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Feb 5, 2013


Anything can happen in the online world—love, sex, money—but can it destroy a marriage?

Bored with her humdrum married life, thirty-two-year-old Codi Norman is searching for excitement. After teaming up with her best friend, Katina, Codi discovers that the Internet offers both money and an escape from her earthly life. In cyberspace anything is possible, and that is what Codi loves most.

While Katina finds sex, Codi finds love. She meets a charming and handsome man online named Quinn Hamilton. Sparks fly and the two begin a torrid affair with unpredictable consequences. But their virtual lives collide with reality when their spouses discover their illicit relationship.
Feb 5, 2013

About the author

By day, Pat Tucker works as a radio news director in Houston, Texas. By night, she is a talented writer with a knack for telling page-turning stories. She is the author of more than twenty books, including, Somebody Has to Pay, The Cocktail Club, Sideline Scandals, Party Girl, Daddy’s Maybe, and Football Widows, as well as the coauthor with Earl Sewell of Loyalty Among Friends and A Social Affair. She has also participated in three anthologies, including New York Times bestselling author Zane’s Caramel Flava. A graduate of San Jose State University, Pat is a member of the National and Houston Association of Black Journalists and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She is married with two children.

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"I hate being married! I mean H.A.T.E. hate it!"

There. I said it and I didn’t give a rat’s ass who heard me. A part of me wished my husband, Larry Bernard Johnson, was here to hear, but he was at work. It was not him really. It was me. He was your typical husband, I guess. He worked, came home, and thought I should wait on him like a lowly slave instead of being his marital equal.

I could have bigger problems. He could be a male ho, he could be an alcoholic like his mama, he could beat me or skip out on us, but still, this married life was for the birds. And by that I meant, the dead birds. It was so damn boring! We did the same thing day in, day out, and it was wearing me out.

When I heard single women yearning for a husband, I wanted to tell them they could take mine! Seriously, what was there to want? Who wanted a controlling man constantly monitoring their every move, checking each red dime they spent, and judging their friends? Most times, I felt more like an inmate than a wife.

I stepped over Larry’s pile of dirty clothes, including his streaked boxers, and walked to the kitchen. It was like he believed I was his personal maid. Who would walk in, strip, and leave their clothes in the middle of the bedroom floor like they’d magically make it to the hamper on their own?

I rolled my eyes as I thought about his stinky, lazy, triflin’ behind.

Seven years ago when I was single, I was free. I wasn’t stressed out all the time. I could come and go whenever I pleased. I partied when I wanted and didn’t have to worry about checking in with anyone!

Back in the day, after being out all night, I could sleep until midafternoon the next day and it wouldn’t be anybody’s business but mine. I might not have had the latest designer clothes, but I always dressed well. I kept my hair and nails looking nice at all times. Now, I couldn’t remember what the inside of a beauty salon looked like.

Back then my bills didn’t exceed my income, I didn’t have a slave master, and I didn’t have a snotty-nosed kid constantly working my very last damn nerves.

All those damn studies that claimed married life was better were lying! They said your combined incomes meant less financial stress, monogamous sex combined with love was safer and more enjoyable, and your overall life expectancy was supposed to be longer. I said bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit!

I’ve sat here at home and flipped through the channels, bored out of my mind. The problem with being unemployed was you were stuck at home watching TV while everyone else was at work. Working friends didn’t have time to sit up on the phone with you, or check out the newest posts on Facebook.

In all honesty, I wished I could be more like my girl, Katina. Unlike our other girlfriends, she didn’t work, but she didn’t care. Katina always had nice things, tons of money, and she kept her man under control instead of the other way around. Well, when she had a man.

Larry couldn’t stand Katina. He said she was trouble, but the more I looked at her, the more I liked what I saw. Take our situation, for instance. While he was sitting up hating on Katina, our household was in a constant state of chaos, so I didn’t see how he could complain about her and her household.

Our bills kept piling up, my unemployment was running out fast, and I was tired of robbing Peter to pay Paul. We were behind on everything—the mortgage, car notes, and the light bill. Oftentimes, I was so stressed and frustrated I didn’t even want him to touch me, much less give him some.

Chile, you betta sex your husband anytime he wants it! You know what you won’t do, some other woman will! That was my mama’s voice ringing in my ear. She worked my nerves, too.

The only reason I thought about her now was because of this Social Security commercial on TV. My mom was a widow who thought she could write the book on marriage.

You young girls don’t know how to treat a man. Back in my day, we used to . . . 


I rolled my eyes as I thought about her unwanted tips she offered every chance she got. That’s why I started avoiding her calls. Who wanted to hear all that foolishness? This was not back in her day, times were different now, and I wasn’t trying to be submissive to no man. I didn’t care how many rings I had on my finger!

I had other issues to think about, like being unemployed.

I had survived three rounds of layoffs at Davis-Pinch, a company that manufactured, sold, and serviced equipment for the offshore oil and gas industry. But they got me in that fourth round.

I was an executive administrative assistant at DP. I swear I wished that moratorium on offshore drilling had never happened. I would’ve never lost my job in the first doggone place. But it did, and I did, and because of that things were tight and our situation kept getting worse.

The phone rang, but I ignored it. Thoughts of my mother and my lack of a job always left me feeling some kind of way. My sour mood didn’t change until I saw Katina’s number pop up on the caller ID. I tossed the remote to the side and picked up my cell phone. I was always glad to hear from Katina.

Hey, gurrrl, Katina sang the moment I answered.

Hey, gurrrl, I sang back. That was our customary greeting.

What’s up? What you know good?

Talking to her always made me feel good no matter what. She lived a life I only dreamed about. She. Was. Single.

Same ol’ same ol’.

Why you sounding so broken down? Katina asked.

You know the drill. Money woes, girl, money woes, I said.

Yeah, I feel you on that. Things are kind of tight over here, too, but that’s okay ’cause I’m about to supersize my side hustle, Katina sang. I could see her doing that played-out cabbage patch dance she did when she thought she had a bomb-ass idea.

I didn’t want to ask what she meant by that because in order to have a side hustle, you first needed a job. And since Katina didn’t work I couldn’t see a side hustle, but who was I to talk? At the moment, unemployment was sustaining me.

That’s why I’m calling you, she said.

My interest was instantly piqued. When Katina had a plan, that plan usually translated into money. She wasn’t selfish, so usually if I wanted in, she was willing to share.

Okay, I’m all ears.

Katina Dawson was a free spirit who lived life to the very fullest, but you had to get to know her to really like her. She found something to celebrate every day and that was what I liked most about her. She spent a little too much time on the Internet in chat rooms for my taste, but I didn’t judge.

You could say I lived my life vicariously through her to a certain extent. When she met a new man online or had a blind date, we walked through the process step by step like we were preparing for battle. Katina and I got along really well because she was always quick on her feet and always offered an angle I hadn’t considered. We complemented each other.

Sometimes when things got too rough around here, I’d think, Now what would Katina do?

No, girl. This is the type of proposal that requires face-to-face discussion ’cause I’ma have to explain a few things, she said.

I wanted to laugh, but I knew Katina well enough to realize she was dead serious about whatever plan she’d come up with this time.

Well, you know the baby is sick. I was talking about my three-year-old son, Taylor, who couldn’t go to daycare because of a fever. So I had to keep him home today. I can’t come meet you anywhere.

Don’t trip. I can come to you. When do you want me to come through?

Let’s see . . .  I was stalling as I tried to determine how long it would take for me to get the house company ready.

Katina was like family, but because I stayed home all day, I didn’t need her thinking I was nasty and lazy. The reason I didn’t clean as diligently as I should was because I was always trying to teach Larry’s lazy, ungrateful, chauvinistic ass a lesson!

Uuggh! He made me so sick.

Uumm, it’s ten now. How about around one? That way I have time to feed Taylor and get him settled back down again.

Okay. I’ll be there sometime around one, Katina said.


Codi! she yelled as I was about to hang up.


Just promise me you’ll have an open mind.

That really made me curious. An open mind?

Ah, okay, I guess, I replied.

She laughed and I hung up. Great! Now I was gonna drive myself crazy for hours, wondering why I needed to have an open mind about Katina’s next side hustle, and what in the world it possibly meant for me.



If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say, Count your blessings because someone in the world has it worse than you, I’d be wealthier than Bill Gates and Oprah. The thing about that saying was I really didn’t give a rat’s hairy ass about everyone else’s issues. I had enough drama to create my own reality television series. My show would be the bomb. All a television network would have had to do was bring the cameras into my house and watch pure bullshit in action.

My sister-in-law, LaQeeta, had temporarily moved into my house. She was thirty-seven and liked dating guys in their twenties. She thought she was the finest woman to ever have had the pleasure of walking around on God’s green earth. She’d been unemployed for longer than I could remember; she was waiting on her big payday from a workman’s compensation lawsuit she had against UPS. LaQeeta claimed that she had dislocated her spine lifting heavy boxes, but from I could tell, she was strong as an ox. LaQeeta was always boasting and grandstanding about her big payday.

You just wait, Quinn. When my ship comes in, I’m going to set everyone straight. I’m gonna throw a big-ass party and then buy myself a new car, a new house, some new clothes, some new jewelry, and maybe get myself some even younger dick. Like a nice nineteen-year-old!

I said to her, If you go any younger, you’ll end up in jail for corrupting a minor.

Hell, I’m not the one doing the corrupting. They are. You should see the way young boys are always trying to get some of my juicy loving. Truth be told, I wouldn’t have to dip back into the twenties if men my own age could keep it up. She turned her behind toward me and smacked her ass.

My wife, Tameecia, has been to jail. Twice. Once for drug possession, the second time for assault. The first incident occurred when the police pulled her over for a traffic violation. When the officer walked up to the car window, the song Mary Jane by Rick James was blaring, and she stupidly continued puffing on the joint she was smoking. She was even bold enough to offer the cop a chance to hit it. She explained that she had full authority to smoke weed because of medical reasons, but the officer nailed her because she was driving under the influence and the kids were in the backseat inhaling just as much as she was. So, that led to charges of endangering minor children.

The assault charge came as a result of a fight she got into one night when we went to a club. We decided to dance and some woman, who ironically was wearing the same dress as Tameecia, stepped on her foot several times without apologizing. The woman once again inadvertently made contact with Tameecia, this time spilling a drink all over Tameecia’s clothes.

Before the woman could offer an apology, Tameecia slapped her, grabbed a fistful of her hair and slung her to the floor. It was the most ignorant and embarrassing crap I’d ever witnessed. When the police arrived Tameecia had taken the incident to another level. She really showed her ignorant side that night.

Arrest that bitch, too! she yelled as the cops were handcuffing her. I’ve got bruises from where she dug her heel into my foot! She assaulted me first!

That’s not what the witnesses said, honey, commented the female officer who was escorting Tameecia out the door.

Quinn, are you going to let them do this shit to me? she began barking at me.

I asked, Why did you have to jump on the woman?

That bitch knew what she was doing. I look better than she does in this dress. I’m a real damn woman! I’m from the streets and that’s how I handle my business when someone disrespects me!

I let the law haul her drunken ass to jail. I fully intended to bail her out, but I needed over one thousand dollars to do it. Since I didn’t have that type of money, she had to stay in jail until her court date. She was locked up for nearly two months because of the backlog of court cases. As a result, she lost her job. She pleaded guilty to the assault charge and did community service for the crime.

Sometimes, I sat back and thought about all of the foolish decisions I’d made in my life. I often wished I could travel back in time, see my younger self and say, If you do this dumb shit, you’re going to regret it later on. Since there was no way I could ever turn back the hands of time, I had to play the cards I’d been dealt. The problem was, I’d been given a really crappy hand.

I’ve told everyone that I was a regular motherfucker. In high school my gym teacher would select two team captains and instruct the boys to pick their teammates. I was always the last kid standing. I was the first to admit that I looked like Steve Urkel. Big-ass glasses with a string attached. Pants held up by suspenders and all of my shirts were in some ungodly pattern of plaid.

My mother, God rest her soul, had absolutely no sense of fashion. In fact, her two best girlfriends were Polly and Ester. My father, ironically, was a sharp-dressed man. He always wore designer suits and expensive shoes. He had swagger that made women turn their heads. He couldn’t even pump gas or pick up his dry cleaning without some woman smiling at him. He once said to me, When you get old enough I’ll let you in on my secret to attracting women.

I idolized him and wanted to be just as charismatic. My mother, on the other hand, wanted me to be nothing like him, especially after she received a videotape of him having sex with another woman. Apparently my dad’s lover forwarded the tape after she caught him cheating on her. My mother always knew she never truly had him all to herself. From what I understood of their relationship, he only married her because she became pregnant with me.

My life was average. I lived in an average house, located in an average neighborhood and I worked an average job as a used car salesman. Hell, I even looked average. My life, in my opinion, was pathetic on every level.

My best friend was my cousin, Calvin. My father and his father were brothers. I would have loved to trade places with him, even if only for a day. Calvin Hamilton was born with the handsome looks and charm that my father had. He was tall, well-built, and had wavy hair and gray eyes. In high school, girls would take one look at him and their legs would fly open. He was the captain of the basketball team. He was such a gifted athlete that he earned a full-ride basketball scholarship to the University of South Carolina.

During Calvin’s senior year his team made it all the way to the NCAA Championship game. Although they lost that year, it was still great to watch him play. He went pro and played for the L.A. Clippers for six seasons before an injury ended his career. During those six years he dated some of the prettiest and most expensive women on the planet. He was living the ultimate bachelor life. He was young, wealthy, and didn’t have any nappy-headed kids fucking up his flow.

After his pro career ended Calvin got married, settled down, and had three kids. He owned a chain of fast food restaurants throughout the city. He’d picked up weight and was out of basketball shape, but he still had those pretty boy looks and plenty of money. He crept around on his wife on a regular basis. Last time I spoke with him we were having lunch at Ruby Tuesday. He said, Man, social networking is the bomb. I have to tip my hat to all of the computer geeks of the world. I’ve hooked up with so many freaky women, my big-ass dick needs to be arrested for breaking and entering.

I laughed so hard when he said that, the beer I was drinking nearly backwashed out of my nostrils.

I’m serious, man, he boasted.

You haven’t changed one bit. In high school, college, and during your career, you screwed everything that moved, I said jokingly.

That’s what a man’s dick is for. Fucking. Did you miss the memo on that one? he asked sarcastically.

No, man. I’ve just never been as blessed as you, I answered earnestly.

What do you mean, blessed? he asked.

I explained what should have been obvious. You’ve got the looks. You had the body and the money.

You think my looks and my money are how I’m getting over on women? He leaned back in his seat.

I’ve always assumed that’s what it was.

Well, I’m not going to lie. That is part of it, but a lot of the guys in the league had the money and looks and still couldn’t pull women.

I don’t believe that one. I smiled at him.

No, I’m serious. Money and looks help, don’t get me wrong. But you have to know how to get inside a woman’s head. If you can get past all of her mental defenses, you can have any female you want. Your father taught me that one. You must’ve missed that lesson, too, he teased me.

Whatever, man. One of these days you’re going to run into some crazy woman who is going to go Lorena Bobbitt on you and cut your nuts off.

That will never happen because I don’t deal with crazy chicks like the one you married. He chuckled as he took a sip of his drink.

What’s that supposed to mean? I asked defensively. My response was really a knee-jerk reaction. We’d had several conversations about how unhappy I was at home.

Tameecia’s the kind of woman who will stab you in your sleep. Tell me I’m wrong. He dared me to challenge the truthfulness of his words.

No, you’re right, I conceded.

I’ve told you time and again to leave her crazy ass, but you’re a sucker for punishment, he badgered me.

She’s not that bad. I attempted to protect my ego, which was clearly unhappy with the marital choice my logic had made.

Shit. She’s bad enough, he disagreed. Anyway, enough about all of that. Guess how many women I have in rotation?

The number of women Calvin bedded was directly linked to his manhood. The higher the number, the more of a man he was. That’s the way my father viewed manhood as well. For other men, their manhood was linked to how much alcohol they could consume or how much money they made.

I have no idea, I said.

Come on, take a guess, he insisted.

Two or three, I ventured to say.

Nah, fool. Seven. He was, without question, grandstanding. I’m trying to beat Wilt Chamberlain’s record. He laughed obnoxiously.

How many women have you been with? he boldly asked me.

I don’t know, I said, waving off the question as being a silly one.

Seriously. Think about it. How many chicks have you nailed? How many pairs of panties have you pulled down?

Shrugging my shoulders, I said, Three.

Damn. That’s all? You’re still a damn virgin, man, he said, absolutely convinced of his proclamation.

So you’re saying that I should’ve been like you?

I’m saying the more experience you have, the better lover you become. Women love an experienced man. That’s why a lot of young girls hook up with older men. That’s also the same reason these young boys are lurking around screwing cougars. Again, that was a lesson your father taught me. Did you miss that lesson as well?

No, I didn’t miss that lesson. I never had enough time or opportunity to chase after women the way you have, that’s all.

Popping his fingers, Calvin said, You know what? I should take you to Nevada.

Where, Las Vegas?

No, to the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, he said. Just so that you can be with a different woman and add a few more notches to your belt.

Calvin, there is no way in hell I’m going to allow you to take me to a brothel to fuck a prostitute.

Hey, don’t knock it until you try it. He laughed again. There’s nothing like a woman who knows how to make your toes curl into fists.

I was about to respond to his last comment, but paused in thought. I sat there feeling as if I’d missed out on some secret male rite of passage. In my

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  • (4/5)
    A Social Affair held my attention and had me wanting to know what would happen to this cast of characters. Looking forward to reading more from the authors and recommend to others.
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    By: Pat Tucker & Earl SewellPublished By: Strebor BooksAge Recommended: AdultReviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 4Book Blog For GMTAReview:"A Social A Affair" By Pat Tucker and Earl Sewell was quite some read that truly held my attention till the end. Being bored with her life as a wife and mother and under the influence of her best friend decides to get involved in the porn industry and reinvent herself by coming someone she isn't as Candi. Along with this, we find Quinn who feels trapped in his marriage set up a Facebook, and twitter account to 'reinvent himself as a professor who seeks companionship. Soon, both Candi and Quinn get hooked up and are now living a double life. Now, this is where I say you must pick up the read because it will get very complicated and you will only have to read to find out where this author will take the read. It will be a very interesting read. You will be definitely left thinking 'One can never be certain whether the face behind the social media such as Facebook and twitter is someone that they really are or just a make believe' leaving you to only be careful if this is what you are into. I thought "A Social Affair" was a well written and very believable read that had some drama, suspense and even some humorous sections. Would I recommend? YES!